Transport Safety

Police Transport Command

The NSW Police Force took over policing of the state’s public transport network on 1 May 2012. The Police Transport Command (PTC) was established with 610 police officers to be allocated by December 2014 to patrol trains, buses and ferries.

In short, the PTC is your local police station while you are travelling on public transport, be it in the city of Sydney or in regional NSW.

The PTC is committed to providing a safe and secure NSW public transport system for the commuting public and will reduce public transport related crime by providing a dedicated, proactive and targeted police presence on trains, buses and ferries throughout the state.

The PTC is committed to reducing any and all types of crime on the NSW public transport network. PTC officers are trained in counter-terrorism, criminal detection and conflict resolution and will work hard to catch and arrest anyone who breaks the law on public transport.

Police will patrol the following locations:

The primary role of the PTC is to provide high-visibility policing across the transport network. Uniformed police make patrols of:

  • Rail: Trains, Rail stations, Bus and Rail interchanges, Rail lines and sidings, Mono/light rail.
  • Bus: Interchanges, bus stops, bus patrols and routes.
  • Ferry: Wharves, ferry patrols.
  • Taxi: Taxi ranks, pick up points, taxi inspections.

In addition to uniform patrols, special teams operate in plain clothes targeting identified problem areas and graffiti vandalism. Working in collaboration with other stakeholders, PTC officers detect and prosecute offenders for a variety of matters including malicious damage, graffiti and trespassing in the rail corridor.

The PTC also provides an intelligence based response to transport crime during busy times and at hotspot locations. This includes a focus on special events such as New Year's Eve celebrations, Anzac Day and major sporting events.

Rail Security

The greater police presence will complement security measures already in place across the rail network, including:

  • Thousands of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras;
  • 750 visible customer help points that allow direct communication with CityRail staff; and,
  • 7000 safety-enhancing high intensity lights.

Report all transport related crime anonymously to Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Useful links

For train, bus, and ferry information

Transport NSW

Transport Safety and Security

Public Transport and Traffic

Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention home page

Sydney Trains

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